Bev Karia  

Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


MSc, Dip Psych, PGCE, MBPsS

Bev Karia is a Psychologist and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over forty years clinical expertise in nursing, education and psychology.


For the past fifteen years Bev has developed considerable expertise in treating a wide range of psychological and emotional issues using a cognitive behavioural approach. These include:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Depression

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Health Anxiety

  • Social anxiety

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Work related stress

  • Insomnia

  • Low self esteem

  • Perfectionist Issues

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Chronic pain

  • Chronic fatigue

Bev also incorporates mindfulness into her practice where appropriate, and has a particular interest in compassion focused therapy (CFT), which has been shown to be highly effective in helping people with low self esteem, perfectionism and self critical patterns.

Bev’s early career was in nursing, midwifery and health visiting. She then went on to study psychology and taught in further and higher education before gaining qualifications in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Since then she has worked predominantly in private practice, as well as providing support to the local  NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team.

What to Expect

My aim is that our sessions be supportive, non judgemental and collaborative. Together we will focus on your individual goals and use a range of psychotherapeutic strategies to help you achieve them. Whilst we will consider how past events may have influenced your current difficulties, the main focus will be on modifying your beliefs and behaviours that maintain them day to day.

Opening your heart to a complete stranger can seem daunting but my aim from the outset is to help you feel comfortable and put you at ease, so that we can make the most of your sessions.


Registered General Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor - Cardiff and Manchester

MSc Health Psychology - City University London

Conversion Diploma in Psychology - Open University

Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Open University

Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Centre for Stress Management

Professional Memberships

Accredited Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapies, or CBT, are a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter the others.

When people feel worried or distressed we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now.


Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapeutic approach designed to help those who struggle with high levels of self-criticism and shame. Often these can be the driving forces behind other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. The approach helps us to learn how to feel kinder towards ourselves and others, and to feel safe and capable in a world that can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Founded by British clinical psychologist Dr Paul Gilbert, CFT is an integrative approach that draws upon evolutionary psychology, social psychology, Buddhism and neuroscience.

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